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News has reached us of a revolution in childcare. Woolley Grange, part of the von Essen Luxury Family Hotels collection, has appointed a manny, or male nanny, to work at its kids’ club.

The manny in question, Steven King, will operate out of the hotel’s Ofsted-registered playroom, the Woolley Bear’s Den. Says Steven: “I get to play all day and I think it’s good for the boys to have someone to play with and who really understands them.”

In the press release announcing King’s appointment, hotel GM, Clare Hammond does her bit for reinforcing gender stereotypes: “Who could be better at setting up a race track, building Lego space ships or running an arts and crafts session than a boy!” she enthuses